The last time I ran at all was last Monday (Columbus Day) at the Tufts 10K for Women . I accomplished my goal and finished with a personal best 10K time, and was feeling pretty darn proud of myself for all the hard work I had put in.
And I haven’t wanted to pick up my running sneakers since.
I worked my butt off and trained hard to improve my 10K time (I highly recommend the intermediate training plan by Women’s Running ), so there was definitely a lot of build-up leading up to the race. But now I feel unmotivated, tired and a bit deflated. Some might even call it a funk. I have to admit, it kind of caught me off guard. I thought I’d be riding the runner’s high from that race for quite awhile. I didn’t think it would end so abruptly.
So is this the fabled post-race blues?
I found this article on Active.com and it really hit the mark. In talking about post-event letdown, they write, “Although the experience seems to contradict common sense, it is common among achievement oriented people.”
That would definitely be me. I am a creature of habit; I love following a running schedule or regimen. But I also like a challenge, and I do my best when I’m held accountable, whether it’s here on the blog or with my family. Plus I’m someone who needs to have something to look forward to.
I know the “cure” is simple: find a new goal, lace up and get back out there. But it’s easier said than done. My motivation level is 0 right now. And that’s not to say I don’t want to work out; in fact, I’ve gone to several Body Pump classes and even took a spin class for the first time in forever last week. But I simply don’t want to run.
So today I decided enough is enough. I refuse to let this feeling go on much longer, which is why I have come up with a game plan to give those post-race blues a swift kick in the pants. Here’s my strategy:
Tonight I’m going to register for my last race of the season (a local 5K on October 27). I’ve been thinking about it but now I need to commit.
Tomorrow morning I’m going to get up around 5am and force myself to run on the gym treadmill for at least three miles. Just so I can get back up on that proverbial horse, so to speak.
I’m going to start compiling my 2013 race calendar, which will likely include longer races to train for and, most importantly, new challenges. Maybe knowing what’s on the horizon – and having a training start date to circle in red on my calendar – will save my running shoes from banishment in the back of my closet.
Try something new. I just purchased a Groupon for 10 CrossFit classes. Am I the only one who hasn’t tried CrossFit? It feels that way sometimes. Unfortunately, my regular gym doesn’t offer CrossFit and I can’t afford two gym memberships, but I’m curious to see what all the hype is about.
And to look on the positive side, at least now I know that I’m susceptible to the post-race blues, right? Now I can factor that into my training plans and racing schedule next year.
Have you experienced the runner’s blahs or post-race blues? How did you deal with them?